PhD in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research

Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Health Promotion Disease Prevention

Application Deadlines

All materials must be received by the application deadline to be considered for admission





April 1

April 1

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Admission Requirements


Applicants are required to complete the online Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) applicationAll application materials need to be submitted through SOPHAS


Must hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognized college or university.

Most students enter with Master’s or other advanced degrees, although exceptional students with Bachelor’s degrees will be considered.


Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities demonstrating a minimum GPA of 3.0 or above in previous coursework.

 Domestic or US Transcripts
Must be sent from the institution's Registrar’s Office directly to SOPHAS at the following address:
SOPHAS Mailing and Contact Information
SOPHAS | P.O. Box 9111 | Watertown, MA 02471
617-612-2090 | Email | Website
 International Transcripts
All non-US transcripts must be evaluated by the World Education Service (WES) using their ICAP Course-by-course evaluation service.  For further instructions, you may visit

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation one letter from a faculty member in the applicant’s previous program. Two letters from academic or professional references.

Statement of Intent

A 700-1000 word statement of intent which supports interest areas, career goals, and preferred faculty mentor.

Resume or CV

A resume or curriculum vitae.

 Graduate Record Examination (GRE) - GRE Institutional Code 0695

Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores taken within the last three years are required of all applicants. Many factors are considered in evaluating an individual's application, but most successful applicants will have verbal, quantitative, and analytic writing GRE scores at or above the 40th percentile.

TOEFL Requirements

Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores are required of all applicants whose primary language is not English or whose undergraduate degree is from a college or university outside of the United States. Minimum scores of 550 (paper), 213 (Computer), and 80 (Internet) are required. 

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Contact Information

UNMC College of Public Health
984359 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE. 68198-4359
Phone: 402-552-9867

Department of Health Promotion
Melissa Tibbits, PhD
Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director
Phone: 402-559-9447